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An Uncommon Protector

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From New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray, An Uncommon Protector tells an unforgettable story of the endurance of loyalty and love.

Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.

The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.

When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.

Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.

But when cattle start dying and Laurel’s life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom—he needs her love and care too.

Contributor(s) Shelley Shepard Gray
About the Contributor(s) Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.  Find Shelley on her website:; on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray; Twitter: @ShelleySGray.

UPC 025986345426
ISBN-10 0310345421
ISBN-13 9780310345428
Release Date Feb 7, 2017
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.40
Width 5.50
Length 320
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $15.99
Series A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall Rating
Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series with An Uncommon Protector. After losing her parents and brother, Laurel Tracey finds herself running the family ranch by herself. Under the intense pressure of operating the ranch and securing it against squatters, Laurel turns to an unlikely source for help, a former soldier who has been held prisoner in the local jail. In return for his keep, Thomas Baker becomes Laurel’s sole source of help on the ranch. However, even the presence of a capable man on the ranch does not lessen the external threats to Laurel and her property. Turning to the men of his unit, Thomas is determined to protect Laurel from those who are trying to steal her ranch from her.

First introduced in The Loyal Heart, a small group of Confederate soldiers continue to readjust to civilian life while coping with their memories of the war in An Uncommon Protector. Ms. Gray’s approachable writing style and intriguing characters will delight fans of heart-warming historical Christian fiction.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading An Uncommon Protector. While Ms. Gray steers away from developing an overly complex plot, she writes a novel that encapsulates what makes Christian fiction so great: likeable characters, a positive and hopeful message, and a storyline that takes the reader on a relaxing and enjoyable adventure. In the midst of an insane week, this is the type of story that makes me want to pick up a book, as a form of relaxation and escape. An Uncommon Protector remains true to historical details, while feeling universal to the nature of modern-day challenges in people’s lives. After reading the first two novels in Ms. Gray’s Lone Star Hero’s Love story series, I am eager to see where she takes this series next and which characters she explores further.

Special thanks to NetGalley and Zondervan for the advanced copy of An Uncommon Protector!

Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog

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(Posted on 2/7/2017)

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